This old French film trailer was colorized with artificial intelligence

The machine learning community has responded to a paper published this week that introduced a method of colorizing black-and-white photos using artificial intelligence. One redditor, mar_cnu, used this new automated colorization technique on a trailer for 1964 French film La 317 ème Section (The 317th Platoon), a black-and-white movie about a French …

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The iPhone's trippiest app has to be heard to be understood

Augmented reality usually refers to the overlaying of digital images or information onto a user’s view, but it’s not all visual. To wit, there’s an iPhone app called Hear that does augmented aural reality — and it’s a blast. Hear works by taking in the ambient sound from around you …

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The many luxury cars of this year's Beijing auto show

Like consumer tech, the auto industry has been increasingly turning to China and its burgeoning middle class for growth in recent years. That has made China’s auto show circuit considerably more interesting, as big automakers turn to their stages for major debuts — cars, trucks, and SUVs that are going …

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HP and Google made this thin, all-metal Chromebook

Here’s the first Chromebook in a while that’s worth paying attention to: the HP Chromebook 13. It’s a thin, all-metal machine with surprisingly capable specs. This is the first Chromebook to use one of Intel’s Core m Skylake processors (as far as I can tell, it’s the first Chromebook with …

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Triby Review: Alexa on your fridge

The elevator pitch for the Triby is actually a kitchen pitch. 1. Take everything you like about the Amazon Echo speaker (including voice activation) and stick it into a portable Bluetooth speaker. 2. Add some physical buttons for shortcuts to your favorite radio stations or Spotify playlists. 3. Put an …

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Microsoft’s special edition Iron Man Xbox One looks crazy

Microsoft might be about to launch an upgraded Xbox One at E3 in June, but it’s still busy creating special edition designs of its existing console. We’ve seen Halo- and Call of Duty-themed Xbox One consoles before, but Microsoft’s latest design brings an Iron Man look to its oversized machine. Like some previous …

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Even weather forecasts aren’t safe from Windows 10 upgrade prompts

Upgrade to Windows 10. You will upgrade to Windows 10. Upgrade to Windows 10 now. Upgrade to Windows 10 during a live TV broadcast. Upgrade to Windows 10. Just upgrade. Now. Microsoft’s aggressively nagging Windows 10 upgrade prompts claimed another victim on Wednesday morning. KCCI 8 News Meteorologist Metinka Slater …

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Verizon implies striking workers are sabotaging its network

Earlier this month, Verizon employees initiated the largest strike in the US in four years. More than 30,000 workers joined picket lines protesting the telecom company’s handling of contract negotiations. As the strike enters its third week, Verizon has suggested that striking workers are attacking its network, severing fiber-optic cables and …

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LG's G5 has so far only contributed to growing mobile losses

Good news and bad news out of South Korea’s two electronics giants today. Samsung, buoyed by its new Galaxy S7, is reporting improved profits for the past quarter, while LG’s mobile division sunk deeper into the red with a $168 million loss. The primary cause for LG’s increased expenses was marketing around …

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